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HR Benefits Alert Top 10 stories of 2015

The year may not technically be over just yet, but the results are already in for the most-clicked stories. Here are the 10 most popular posts from 2015:

1. 4 keys to calculating full-time employees under Affordable Care Act

Employers have little time left to nail down just how many full-time employees they have before Obamacare’s employer mandate kicks in. The problem is, the law’s formula is tricky. To help with the math, 15-year benefits compliance vet Sheryl Southwick has some advice for employers. More …

2. COBRA ruling: No harm done, but employee can sue anyway

The courtroom has become a very unforgiving place for employers who fail to strictly abide by COBRA’s notice requirements. More …

3. 50 low-cost employee benefits

We’ve scoured the web to find the best ideas for low-cost employee benefits that will help you attract and retain top-notch talent without breaking the bank. Here are the top 50 cited by both HR experts and employees in the trenches: More …

4. Health reform: IRS issues new guidance on calculating full-time status

If your company has some questions about determining if certain employees are “full-time” for the purposes of the health reform law, you’re not alone. Luckily, the IRS just released some new guidance that helps. More …

5. 9 questions to ask when picking a benefits broker

Between Obamacare’s complex compliance challenges and the growing need for superior benefits to recruit and retain top talent, the demand for skilled benefits brokers has grown exponentially in recent years. So how can HR pros be sure their brokers have their backs? More …

6. Former DOL insider: FLSA changes coming in early 2015, get ready now

Remember those changes to the FLSA’s “white-collar” exemption the DOL was supposed to release this fall? Well, they’re actually going to be released in the early part of 2015. More …

7. DOL’s new overtime rules — and the next moves for HR

A few days before the Fourth of July holiday, the DOL unveiled the highly anticipated proposed changes to the FLSA overtime exemption rules — changes that will impact employers of all stripes. Now the real work begins for HR pros. More …

8. Court bends over backwards for employee in FMLA case

You already knew the FMLA was a pro-employee, not necessarily pro-business, law. But this case is scary proof of how far some courts are willing to bend over backwards to give employees a shot to win FMLA lawsuits. More …

9. 8 common but costly benefits communication mistakes

Here are a few stats that really drive home just how critical benefits communication is for HR pros. More …

10. Why is the DOL so interested in your workers’ smartphone usage?

The folks over at the Department of Labor (DOL) have expressed a keen interest in employees’ smartphone use, and that interest may force you to make some changes to your employment policies in the near future. More …

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